ABCs: Judicial Supervision v. Availability of Courts to Resolve Disputes

Supervision (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson For some reason, there is a fascination out there (not sure where, exactly) with having every assignment for benefit of creditors (“ABC”) supervised by a court from the get-go.  This fascination suggests that every ABC effort requires court action and judicial approvals, from the beginning and throughout... Continue Reading →

How the Common Law Of ABCs And Bankruptcy Work Together (In re Computer World)

Working together? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Illinois follows the common law of assignments for benefit of creditors (“ABC”): a non-judicial, trust-like process for liquidating a failed business.  That ABC process can work, hand-in-hand, with the Bankruptcy Code.  The case of In re Computer World Solutions, Inc., Case No. 07-21123, Northern Illinois Bankruptcy... Continue Reading →

Many ABC Statutes Have Really-Cool Provisions–But Are Rarely Used (A Uniform Trust Code Remedy)

Really-cool but rarely used (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson There are lots of state statutes out there on assignments for benefit of creditors (“ABC”) with really-cool provisions.  But the problem with those really-cool provisions is this: they are rarely used.    Put plainly: a failing businesses needs to shut its business down efficiently... Continue Reading →

Why A Uniform ABC Law Is Needed

Screwdriver v. Hammer By: Donald L Swanson Assignment for benefit of creditors (“ABC”) has existed for centuries under the common law of England and the United States.  And the ABC process has worked well under that common law! ABC Function ABC has been an effective tool in the toolbox of debtor and creditor remedies for resolving... Continue Reading →

When ABC Proceeding And Involuntary Bankruptcy Meet (In re Scandia)

Interrelationships? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson The interrelationship between an assignment for benefit of creditors (“ABC”) proceeding and an involuntary bankruptcy filing, for the same debtor, is governed by various portions of the Bankruptcy Code.  But that relationship remains ill-defined, nonetheless. What follows is an attempt to summarize a bankruptcy court opinion dealing... Continue Reading →

One Thing Wrong With ABC Laws: § 543(d)(2) Of The Bankruptcy Code (Global Safety Labs)

Problematic? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson “[T]he bankruptcy court— . . . (2) shall excuse compliance . . . if . . . an assignee for the benefit of the debtor’s creditors . . . was appointed or took possession more than 120 days before the date of the filing of the petition,... Continue Reading →

Judicial Supervision Over ABCs: A Problem

Supervision? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Congress must be allowed “to fashion a modern bankruptcy system which places the basic rudiments of the bankruptcy process in the hands of an expert equitable tribunal.” --from Granfinanciera, S.A. v. Nordberg, 492 U.S. 33, 94 (1989) (Blackmun dissent, emphasis added). Justice Blackmun had a point—back in 1989—that... Continue Reading →

A History of ABC Laws in Illinois

An Illinois city (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson An assignment for benefit of creditor (“ABC”) is, historically, a nonjudicial process for administering the affairs of a failed business. ABC laws are rooted in English common law and predate enactment of federal bankruptcy laws in the U.S.[Fn. 1] An ABC is made by a... Continue Reading →

A 1909 Perspective On Bankruptcy Laws v. Similar State Laws (From Samuel Williston)

Food for thought? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Every now and then we get a glimpse into the past . . . that casts light on issues and events of today. One such glimpse is a Harvard Law Review article from 1909: “The Effect of a National Bankruptcy Law upon State Laws.”[Fn. 1].... Continue Reading →

Re-Envisioning Old ABC Laws: A Deed Of Trust Model

Re-envisioning? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson State laws on assignments for benefit of creditors (“ABC”) have been around for a long time.  But times have changed over the last half-century.  Specifically, the bankruptcy alternative has changed dramatically: from a harsh remedy under the Bankruptcy Act of 1898;to the current Bankruptcy Code, with its... Continue Reading →

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